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Mimaki to exhibit at TCT 3Sixty in collaboration with Autodesk

Showing off full color 3D printing capabilities for a wide range of applications

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Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of industrial inkjet printers, cutting plotters, and full-color 3D printers, will participate at TCT 3Sixty in the UK in June 2023. With Autodesk, Inc, the leading provider of design software, Mimaki will present how to bring 3D data from the design, engineering, and entertainment industries to life by utilizing Autodesk software and Mimaki’s full-color 3D technology.

Autodesk provides design software for the Media & Entertainment, Product Design & Manufacturing, and Architecture, Engineering, & Construction industries. By combining Autodesk’s widely used software with Mimaki’s 3D printers, the 3DUJ-553 and 3DUJ-2207, which are capable of producing full-color models in more than 10 million colors using the UV-cured inkjet method, complex 3D data can be brought to the real world.

At this year’s exhibitions, Mimaki will present a full-color world created with Autodesk software and Mimaki 3D printers through a variety of applications, including:

Media & entertainment

Character design for games and animations by Nilian Studios (Canada), using Autodesk software with Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 and 3DUJ-2207 for the production and presentation of original figures. The company uses Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max in every stage of the production process, from early animatics to 3D modeling, texture mapping, rigging, animation, and final rendering. For the first time, Nilian utilized the 3DUJ-553 to create full-color 3D prints of characters taken directly from their games and animations. The Mimaki 3DUJ can reproduce complex features and highly detailed colors from 3D data, allowing small-lot production at a reasonable cost and short delivery time, a difficult task to achieve with other production methods.

Mimaki to exhibit at TCT 3Sixty in collaboration with Autodesk showing off full color 3D printing capabilities for a wide range of applications

“I’m so excited to see our characters come to life! A full-color 3D print gives us a better vision of the merchandising possibilities of our product by bringing our digital assets into the real world,” commentED Ali Chenari, Creative Director and Founder of Nilian Studios. “It will also help us showcase our characters to our clients, making it possible for us to send them actual models when it comes to pitching an idea.”

Product design & manufacturing

Product design by Autodesk’s Boston Technology Center (USA). Visualization of the internal structure of a generatively designed brake pedal for Stewart-Haas Racing, an American stock car racing team, 3D printed using Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553. As automotive racing teams are constantly looking for new design and production techniques to improve the safety, performance, and weight reduction of their cars in order to win more races. Stewart-Haas Racing partnered with Autodesk to reduce the weight of their brake pedal, one of the most important components of top driver Cole Custer’s Ford Mustang, using Fusion360’s “generative design” feature.

Mimaki to exhibit at TCT 3Sixty in collaboration with Autodesk showing off full color 3D printing capabilities for a wide range of applications
Model for the visualization of internal structures printed on the Mimaki 3DUJ-553.

As a result, the brake pedal’s new design reduced weight by 32% and increased stiffness by 50%, provided that it could withstand braking actions equivalent to 3000 laps of a driving course.

Architecture, engineering & construction

Civil engineering design models by Fukken Co., Ltd (Japan), promoting solutions to issues faced by the construction industry through integrated 3D data management using Autodesk’s BIM/CIM software and promotion of digital transformation. This system allows for the sharing and management of information through 3D data among all parties involved in each stage of the process, including planning, surveying, designing, constructing, managing, and maintaining. Civil engineering models are printed on Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 to build consensus with residents and other stakeholders. The company uses Autodesk’s AEC Collection as its BIM/CIM software. It also utilizes the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer to produce models from the 3D data it has designed.

Mimaki to exhibit at TCT3Sixty in collaboration with Autodesk showing off full color 3D printing capabilities for a wide range of applications
1/100 model of a coastal levee design

A representative of Fukken commented: “In 2021, we invested in the Mimaki 3DUJ-553, satisfied with its ability to express small details, which had been difficult with the plaster-based full-colour 3D printer we had been using. On the 3DUJ-553, we can also cover small parts with clear ink to prevent them from breaking.”

Mimaki will also exhibit at Rapid Tech 3D (Erfurt, Germany) on May 9th – 11th, EDIX Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan) on May 10th – 12th, and Next Generation 3D Printer Exhibition / Japan Manufacturing World (Tokyo, Japan) on June 22nd – 24th.

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Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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